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Sharon Bittinger

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

POLO – Sharon Bittinger, 67, of Polo, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at her home after a brief battle with cancer.

Sharon was born May 1, 1946, in Dixon, the daughter of Albert and Martha (Little) England. Sharon graduated from Dixon High School in 1964. She worked for Anchor Coupling Co. in Dixon and Sterling from October 1973 to January 2009. She also worked as a part-time rural mail carrier in Dixon for several years.

She enjoyed making crafts and was a vendor at the Autumn on Parade craft show for more than 25 years. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s school and sporting activities. After retirement, she spent her time going to garage sales with family and friends. Sharon delighted her family with her great sense of humor, which was well-known in the poetry she wrote about her family and life growing up.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen Merlak, and one son, Larry “Ben” (Jo) Bittinger, both of Polo; three sisters, Janet (Ron) Bushman of Dixon, Linda (Paul) Erisman of Franklin Grove, and Bobbi (Jack) Deen of Leaf River; and five grandchildren, Stephanie, Matt, and Clint Merlak, and Hayden and Garrett Bittinger.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; and her stepfather, Leonard Warner.

At Sharon’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a celebration of life from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1560 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon. All who knew her are welcome to attend. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

A memorial has been established. 

Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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